Andrew Scott and Vicky McClure win at BBC Audio Drama Awards

Andrew Scott (pictured here in Emperor And Galilean at the National Theatre), winner of the award for best actor. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Andrew Scott (pictured here in Emperor And Galilean at the National Theatre), winner of the award for best actor. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Sherlock star Andrew Scott has been named best actor at the BBC Audio Drama Awards.

Scott, who played Moriarty in the television series, won the prize for his part in Betrayal by Harold Pinter, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

It is the second year running Scott has won at the awards, with the performer named best supporting actor at 2012’s ceremony.

At this year’s ceremony, he beat Henry Goodman and Richard Johnson to scoop the title.

Meanwhile, Michelle Fairley won in the best actress category for The Grapes of Wrath, broadcast on Radio 4. She beat Lorraine Ashbourne and Fenella Woolgar to the prize.

Other winners at the awards, which were launched last year to recognise actors, writers and producers who work in audio drama, were David Troughton and Vicky McClure, who were named best supporting actor and actress respectively.

Troughton won for BBC Radio 3’s Singles and Doublets and McClure took her prize for Kicking the Air, broadcast on Radio 4.

Best single play went to Radio 4’s On It, by Tony Pitts, while best series or serial went to The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum, by Heinrich Boll and abridged by Helen Meller, which was also aired on Radio 4.

Tanika Gupta won the award for best adaptation from another source for her version of A Doll’s House, broadcast on Radio 3.

Best scripted comedy went to Radio 4’s Believe It! By Jon Canter, and best online audio drama went to Above and Below, written by Daniel Macnaughton.

The best use of sound in an audio drama category was won by The Cruel Sea, which was adapted by John Fletcher from Nicholas Monsarrat’s book. It was broadcast on Radio 4.

The ceremony also included the Imison Award for best script by a new writer, which went to Csaba Szekely, for Do You Like Banana, Comrade?, while the Tinniswood prize for best radio drama script went to Kafka the Musical, by Murray Gold.

BBC head of audio drama Alison Hindell said: “It’s fantastic that the BBC is underlying its commitment to the unique genre of audio drama with these awards. The fact that millions of people listen every day says something about how special it is and this evening is a wonderful way to celebrate the many different talent, both well-known and those at the start of their careers, that go into creating these programmes.”

David Tennant, who hosted the ceremony, described radio drama as “overlooked and undervalued”, claiming radio has “discovered and nurtured” talent.

Presenters at the ceremony, held at BBC Broadcasting House, included Maxine Peake, Stephen Tompkinson and Stephen Mangan.

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